Utility reinforces its position through a new, cleaner business model

By Stanley Reed, New York Times, 18 Aug 2017 AMSTERDAM — When Eneco, a major Dutch utility, tested a promising energy monitor in several dozen homes, things could not have gone much worse. The company making the devices failed to deliver enough of them, and some of those provided did not work. But when Eneco sent workers to recover the monitors, …

RPSs (and the recent fossil fueled vehicle bans) send a solid message and states and the market respond

(Shutterstock) Back in the 1990s and 2000s, when Democrats had more power in state governments, 29 states (and DC) passed some form of renewable portfolio standard (RPS), a policy that requires a state’s utilities to get a certain percentage of their power from renewable sources by a certain year. Standards range from California’s wildly ambitious 50-percent-by-2030 to Ohio’s modest12.5-percent-by-2026, and everywhere in between. Though they aren’t …

Finnish modelling of a 100% renewable energy world on an hourly basis

As prices for renewables keep falling, global energy transition will happen faster than many think. To accelerate the process, we need innovative political measures.   “The time is ripe. We need a strong political and social movement to accelerate a global transition to 100% renewable energy.” — Hans-Josef Fell, President of Energy Watch Group and Former member of the German Parliament “More for less” was …

Xcel Has Room For Renewable Generation On Its Grid. So Where Is That?

September 21st, 2017 by John Farrell. Originally published at ilsr.org. Determining exactly how much local renewable generation can reach Xcel Energy customers in Minnesota hinges in part on how many of these projects the existing grid can accommodate. To that end, the state’s Public Utilities Commission compelled the utility last year to report on more than 1,000 “feeders” delivering electricity to homes and businesses across its …

The Cheap Energy Revolution Is Here, and Coal Won’t Cut It

By Tom Randall, Bloomberg April 2017 plus Michael L. September 2017 presentation Wind and solar are about to become unstoppable, natural gas and oil production are approaching their peak, and electric cars and batteries for the grid are waiting to take over. This is the world Donald Trump inherited as U.S. president. And yet his energy plan is to cut regulations to resuscitate …

Smoothing demand at EV fast-charging stations through storage solutions, shifting/shedding load for flexible demand at home or work

EV Clustered Charging Can Be Problematic For Electrical Utilities,  70 to 80% of the charging load could be shed at peak load times in case of an emergency and still ensure that all vehicles were fully charged in time for a scheduled trip. By Eric Schmidt SSTI, 4 Sep 2017 The electric vehicle (EV) market is booming. Bloomberg estimates EVs will account for 35% …

How Tennessee’s Taken the Politics Out of Renewable Energy: Energy costs are one of the highest expenses schools face today. To offset them, some Tennessee schools are installing solar arrays and geothermal heating and cooling systems

BY ELIZABETH DAIGNEAU | Sept 2017 in Governing Magazine When it comes to a particular renewable energy program in Tennessee, it doesn’t matter whether you believe in climate change or not, are a Republican or Democrat, live in a big city or small rural town. The program in question is even neutral on specific technologies, which means it’s up to you whether …

Utilities Knew: Power Providers Had Info/Acknowledged Impacts of Climate Change 50 Years Ago

8/3/2017 – BY ENERGY AND POLICY INSTITUTE Scientists had begun to warn electric utilities about climate change by 1968, and by 1988 the industry’s official research and development organization had acknowledged that, “There is growing consensus in the scientific community that the greenhouse effect is real.” Despite this early knowledge about climate change, electric utilities have continued to invest heavily in …

New solar is vastly cheaper than nuclear

August 28th, 2017 by Steve Hanley from Clean Technica, source: Climate Progress, Nuclear Power Facilities “Bleeding Cash” — Renewables To Surpass Nuclear Capacity This Year In June, America’s fascist #FakePresident exclaimed, “We will begin to revive and expand our nuclear energy sector, which I’m so happy about.” Like most of the things Blowhard Donald is “so happy” about, this one is a gigantic lie. …